Local music club up for second national award

WASHINGTON – A famed D.C. music club may need to make more room on the shelf for trophies after its nomination for a national award.

The 9:30 Club — located at 815 V Street N.W. — is a finalist for a Billboard Touring Award in the “top club” category. The other two contenders in the category include House of Blues in Boston and House of Blues in Orlando, Fla.

Earlier this year, the 9:30 Club was named the “best big room in America” by Rolling Stone magazine.

In addition to honoring venues, the Billboard Touring Awards recognizes musical acts that have been out on the road performing since Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. Finalists include Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, P!nk, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

The 9:30 Club opened in 1980 at 930 F Street and moved to its current location in 1996.

The club was originally known for attracting punk, alt-rock and hardcore bands, but has since expanded to include more mainstream acts, Rolling Stone reported in April.

See the complete list of finalists on the Billboard website.

The Billboard Touring Awards will be presented Nov. 14 in New York City.

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